Take a Trip to the Island of Shinto Gods and Wagyu Paradise - Iki Island (3 Days)

Take a Trip to the Island of Shinto Gods and Wagyu Paradise - Iki Island (3 Days)-1

Go to Iki via ferry from Hakata Port.

With more than 150 shrines, the entirety of Iki Island is a sacred island and is called a power spot.
Play in an emerald green sea so clear you can view the ocean floor, see ruins, burial mounds, shrines, and historic buildings, and enjoy fresh seafood, Iki beef, known for its dreamlike texture, and Iki barley shochu made with unique manufacturing methods.

・Transportation: Car, Walking
*Reserving a rental car in advance is recommended.
*Electric-assist bicycles can also be rented at the port.

*You can also come by plane from Nagasaki.
Please see the access page for more details.

  • Required Time:3days
  • Means of Transportation:by car, walk
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Approx. 1 hour 10 min. by high-speed boat from Hakata Port

【Day 1】Ashibe Port

【Day 1】Ashibe Port-1

Approx. 15 min. by car to Katsumoto Port, then approx. 10 min. by boat from Katsumoto Port

【Day 1】Tatsunoshima (Sightseeing + Landing)

【Day 1】Tatsunoshima (Sightseeing + Landing)-1

Approx. 30 min. by car from Katsumoto Port

【Day 1】Harunotsuji Ruins

Royal capital of Ikikoku that flourished with trade connecting Japan to China and Korea
【Day 1】Harunotsuji Ruins-1

The Harunotsuji Archeological Site is a collection of historic ruins from a kingdom described in an old Chinese history book. Earthenware from various locations and money from China that indicate interaction with a variety of places have been found here. In addition, it has been confirmed that there are dwelling sites from that time and the remains of Japan's oldest port here. The adjacent Harunotsuji Guidance provides experiences of the way of life of ancient Japanese people (e.g., earthenware making, fire starting and magatama jewel making). It has also been designated as a special historic site of Japan.

  • Address 811-5322 長崎県壱岐市芦辺町深江鶴亀触1092-5
    TEL 0920-45-2065(Harunotsuji Guidance)
    Hours of Operation 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Closed December 29 to January 3
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Address 811-5322 長崎県壱岐市芦辺町深江鶴亀触1092-5
TEL 0920-45-2065(Harunotsuji Guidance)
Hours of Operation 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed December 29 to January 3

Immediately nearby on foot

【Day 1】Ikikoku Museum

A museum where you can enjoy learning the history of Iki-no-shima
【Day 1】Ikikoku Museum-1

Iki, which is located between China/Korea and Japan, flourished in trade and is a historic island that was introduced in a Chinese history book nearly 2,000 years ago. This museum exhibits a number of valuable materials excavated from various archaeological sites on the island. Especially popular are the experience corner where you can touch earthenware and stoneware used by people at that time, the view theater where you can learn about the history of Iki and a diorama that reproduces the way of life at that time. Try some quizzes at the huge diorama or do a simulated earthenware excavation that is fun for both children and adults while also learning about history. Of course, the exhibit introductions and audio guides are available in three languages: English, Chinese and Korean. Therefore, overseas visitors can also enjoy learning.

  • Address 811-5322 長崎県壱岐市芦辺町深江鶴亀触515-1
    TEL 0920-45-2731(壱岐市立一支国博物館)
    Hours of Operation 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Last admission: 5 p.m.)
    Closed Every Monday (Closed the next day if that Monday is a public holiday)
    *Open every day during the Golden Week holidays in early May and the summer holidays
    *Closed from December 29 to 31
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Address 811-5322 長崎県壱岐市芦辺町深江鶴亀触515-1
TEL 0920-45-2731(壱岐市立一支国博物館)
Hours of Operation 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Last admission: 5 p.m.)
Closed Every Monday (Closed the next day if that Monday is a public holiday)
*Open every day during the Golden Week holidays in early May and the summer holidays
*Closed from December 29 to 31

Approx. 15 min. by car

【Day 1】Stay at Nearby Hotels

Approx. 20 min. by car

【Day 2】Iki Marine Sports

【Day 2】Iki Marine Sports-1

Approx. 20 min. by car

【Day 2】Iki Wagyu Beef

Rare Japanese beef that ships only approx. 900 cows a year
【Day 2】Iki Wagyu Beef-1

Iki's wagyu beef has a long history, and there have been discoveries of cattle bones and teeth estimated to be from the early 2nd to 3rd centuries AD. Iki's cattles are raised on pasture rich in minerals, due to the influence of the sea breeze, so the meat quality is soft and tender. Savor and enjoy this high quality meat via a variety of dishes such as steak and yakiniku grilled beef.

Approx. 15 min. by car

【Day 2】Stay at Nearby Hotels

Approx. 10 min. by car

【Day 3】Sumiyoshi Shrine

The head of Iki Shrine
【Day 3】Sumiyoshi Shrine-1

One of the so-called "Four Main Sumiyoshi Shrines in Japan," along with Sumiyoshi Taisha in Osaka and Sumiyoshi Shrines in Shimonoseki and Fukuoka. Preserves many valuable cultural assets, and 17 extremely valuable divine mirrors have been discovered within the shrine's grounds.

Address 811-5742 長崎県壱岐市芦辺町住吉東触470−1

Approx. 5 min. walk

【Day 3】Tsukiyomi Shrine

A place where a mysterious power dwells
【Day 3】Tsukiyomi Shrine-1

You can feel a quiet and mysterious power at Tsukiyomi Shrine which boasts traditions and status with a steep stone step path starting from its torii gate. It is said that the god here does everything concerned with the moon (e.g., the calendar and the rising and pulling of the tide). The story also goes that he listens to prayers for safety and safe voyages. This shrine is considered the original shrine of the Tsukiyomi Shrines found all over Japan. Traditional Iki kagura (ancient Shinto music and dancing) is dedicated to the gods at the regularly held festival here. This serves as a prayer to the gods.

Address 811-5732 長崎県壱岐市芦辺町国分東触464番地

Approx. 10 min. by car, then immediately nearby on foot

【Day 3】Kojima Shrine

"Mont Saint-Michel of Japan"
【Day 3】Kojima Shrine-1

Kojima Shrine is located on an island in the sea. The approach road from the sea appears for only a few hours at low tide. Only then can you walk to this shrine. It is a mysterious location thought to be flowing with mystical energy where you can meet the gods due to the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon. This feature means it is also called the "Mont Saint-Michel of Japan." You can see this mysterious space created by nature. This entire island is considered sacred precincts. Therefore, you are not allowed to take even one twig off the island. You can take photographs, so why don't you visit these sacred precincts that remain in modern times protected by nature while checking the time of low tide?

Address 811-5315 長崎県壱岐市芦辺町諸吉ニ亦触1969番地
TEL 0920-47-3700(Iki City Tourism Federation)

Approx. 10 min. by car

【Day 3】Ashibe Port

【Day 3】Ashibe Port-1

Approx. 1 hour 10 min. by high-speed boat

【Day 3】Hakata Port

【Day 3】Hakata Port-1

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